When most people talk about Northern California wine country, their discussion circles around Napa and Sonoma. But closer to the Pacific, the Carmel Valley offers its own relaxed wine culture bathed in sea breezes. Surrounded by oak trees and vineyards, Bernardus Lodge and Winery is an exclusive haven, where guests are welcomed with wine and cheese before retiring to rooms adorned with feather beds, fireplaces and bathtubs for two. From on-site Marinus restaurant with a 35,000-bottle cellar to the house spa offering vinotherapy treatments, wine plays a crucial role at this property. While touring the Carmel Valley, you won't want to miss the Bernardus Winery tasting room, where you can sample the signature Marinus Estate Bordeaux-style red wine, as well as exclusive small production bottlings featuring subtle flavors produced by the cool coastal climate.